Today in U.S. Naval History - September 3
1782 - As a token of gratitude for French aid during American Revolution, the U.S. gives America (first ship-of-the-line built by U.S.) to France to replace a French ship lost in Boston.
1783 - Signing of Treaty of Paris ends American Revolution
1885 - First classes at U.S. Naval War College begin
1925 - Crash of rigid airship Shenandoah near Byesville, Ohio
1943 - American landings on Lae and Salamaua
1944 - First combat employment of a missile guided by radio and television takes place when Navy drone Liberator, controlled by Ensign James M. Simpson in a PV, flew to attack German submarine pens on Helgoland Island.
1945 - Japanese surrender Wake Island in ceremony on board USS Levy (DE-162)
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